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A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • The novel takes place from the 1960s to the 2000s
  • THe first important event is the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1979
  • Later, the Mujahideen is supplied by the United States
  • Then the Taliban took over
  • While the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan, the Summer of the Titanic came out
  • Women had little to now rights in this time period
  • Men were considered superior
  • Oppressive laws governed women
  • Mariam and Lalia are the protagonists
  • Rasheed is the main antagonist
  • Tariq - Lalia's childhood friend and lover
  • Jalil and Nana are parents are Miriam
  • Hakim and Fariba are the parents of Lalia
  • Aziza and Zalmai are the children of Lalia
  • Literary Elements
    • Irony
    • Symbolism
    • Foreshadowing
    • Allegory
  • Khaled Hosseini
  • It was fairly disturbing on many levels
  • On some level, we connected to it because we were the same age as one of the characters
  • Some of the descriptions are so vidid that it is apparent that it actually happened
  • Tariq's words caused two people to die
  • The orphanage was the same as the one in the Kite Runner
  • We have a third person limited narrator
  • We change perspectives and sometimes we are inside someone's head and therefore we only know what the characters know
  • Because of this, there are some times when we do not really know what happened and so it is left blank at those times (how did the arrangement of the marriage go and how did the child acquire his stutter at the orphanage)?
  • The movie is Pinnochio because she wants to be a real girl and she wants a family and she wants that stability
  • In the Disney movie, he gets all of that but in the actual novel it does not happen
  • Everything is in mirrors in this novel (like signing her name)
  • With regard to literature, the author who makes it has a purpose. In this case it is probably to spread awareness (lots of people read books and lots of *people can connect to them)
  • There could be a certain amount of pity for Rasheed because he lost a child and a wife and that caused him to act out
  • This book was written in 2007
  • American troops has been in Afghanistan for a total of 12 years now
  • Carzi leads Afghanistan right now
  • Our lives exist in a much larger context of which we are a very very small part
  • The world is a large place and we are rather small in comparison
  • Rasheed is the Taliban
  • Laila is the urbane, more relaxed areas of Afghanistan
  • Laila is educated and middle class and therefore she is urbane
  • Mariam is the rural area of Afghanistan and she is also more traditional (cultural)
  • Even in the rural areas of America, the lack of respect for women and certain races is fairly rampant
  • Every single time he mentions a snowfall, something happens
  • Usually things go in the direction you think they will but maybe they will not be exactly what you think

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